Political Column

Political setbacks for UPFA Govt in North

As nominations ended Thursday for the local polls on March 17, there were shocks equally for the two main contenders, the ruling United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) and the main opposition United National Party (UNP).
5th Column

Something tells me things are not the same…

My dear Mahinda maama,

I thought I must write to you because it is now one year since you won the last big election that enabled you to keep the top job for another six years. Surprisingly, hardly anyone seems to have noticed the anniversary, although that is because you took oaths again only after some time!

The Economic Analysis
Threat to rural household food security
The problem of escalating food prices is the central concern today. The lower income groups are particularly vulnerable as the prices of most basic food items have soared to astonishingly high levels. Unlike in most situations of rising food prices that threaten mainly urban poor households, the current crisis is a serious threat to food security of rural farm households owing to the destruction of crops and the consequent loss of farm household incomes. Therefore government intervention to protect the rural poor is imperative.
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Focus on Rights
Contemplating the wheels of military justice
True, this country’s past has had its share of instances where the law was manipulated to serve the cause of political revenge as was the case famously when the late President JR Jayewardene moved to deprive his arch rival, one of the country’s premiers, the late Sirimavo Bandaranaike of her civic rights.
Talk at the Cafe Spectator
PR experts make mess of Premier's speech

Communications, or public relations to be more precise, are a serious field. Those practising this fine art could make or break personalities or institutions. This is why most go seeking for the services of professionals when it comes to image building.

Double Take
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Column By Gomin Dayasiri
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